750 ml (25 fl oz) dry red wine (1 regular bottle)
½ cup gin or vodka
½ cup raisins (optional)
1/3 cup sugar
Peel of one orange (use a vegetable peeler to remove only the rind of the orange – no white)
2 large cinnamon sticks broken up
2 cardamom pods opened up
6 whole cloves
How to do it
1. In a large pot or saucepan, stir together the wine, vodka/gin, sugar and raisins.
2. Please the orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom in a spice bag (you can make this using a piece of doubled over cheese cloth, placing the spices in the middle, bringing the corners together and tying it up with a piece of clean string); or you can be lazy and throw it all in the pot and strain the liquid when you are done. Please the spices in the pot and bring the mixture to a simmer, without boiling. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the spice bag or strain the liquid, and discard the spices.
3. Serve in a punch bowl or in a metal bowl that you can keep warm over a flame.
Serves about 8. Warning: This drink packs a punch!